Today, MSNBC host Martin Bashir continued the attack on George Zimmerman producing videos that show Zimmerman in handcuffs being escorted by Sanford police from a squad car into police Hqs. According to the report, this video was taken 4 hours after the incident in which Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. This video is being portrayed as some sort of "smoking gun" to show that Zimmerman did not suffer injuries to his head or a broken nose. Indeed, Al Sharpton, on his own MSNBC show yesterday alluded to this video as being possibly the "smoking gun".
Bashir then brought in a Florida reporter named Joanne Reed and they discussed the importance of the video. They also showed closer photograph images of the back of Zimmerman's head. Sorry, folks, but what I saw on my TV screen was a circular mark on the back of Zimmerman's head which appears to be an injury. Below is a photo from the Daily Caller. The one I saw on MSNBC was even clearer, but they made no mention of it.
In addition, the question I have is what did they expect to see four hours after the incident? Clearly, in those four hours, Zimmerman was cleaned up and probably treated in some manner. True, if you get your nose broken, a lot of blood comes out. (I know. When I was in college I had my nose broken in a fight. It bled like crazy at the time, but not four hours later.) I expect that the police who responded to the scene have a clear report on what blood was at the scene and whose it was.
Then Bashir brought in Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post. It was, predictably, more of the same. Interestingly, Bashir showed clips of an interview with George Zimmermann's father, shown from the side and his face in shadows. (I wonder why.) The father, in the selected clip, spoke of the "hate" coming from "the President, the NAACP and the Black Congressional Caucus". At that point, the tape ended, and you couldn't tell if he also mentioned the New Black Panther Party. Bashir noted that all of the people he mentioned were black, and they went on to defend President Obama from the condemnation he had received from the right for his comments (about having a son that might have looked like Trayvon.) Here is the MyFox Orlando interview. At the 11:40 mark, the father refers to the hate and ends with "every organization imaginable". That was cut off from Bashir's clip. After the 17 minute mark, the interviewer returns to the subject of the hate and specifically mentions the Black Panther Party and "dead or alive". That is not shown on the Bashir clip.
Here is my point. At no time, did Bashir or any of his interlocutors make any mention, not even an oblique reference to the actions of the NBPP and the bounty they have put out on Zimmerman's head. That is a clear example of the hate that the elder Zimmerman is referring to. I don't know as I write this what has been said by the CBC or the NAACP. I also give the benefit of the doubt to President Obama. I don't think he was trying to fan any flames. But how in the world can these so-called journalists at MSNBC, who are all over this story and pushing the opinion that there was no aspect of self defense and Zimmerman is guilty of a racially-inspired killing, not even mention the open and public threats of the NBPP as they rebut Zimmerman's father's comments about the hate being directed at them?
These talking heads don't know anymore about the facts of this case than you or I do, and yet they are passing judgement knowing that people are out there looking to kill Mr Zimmerman. Why can we not sit back and let the investigators do their job? If they made mistakes at the outset, the investigation still continues.
Talk about a media-driven rush to judgement.